Queen Latifah, originally named Dana Elaine Owens, was born on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey.
Raised by her parents, Lance and Rita Owens, she developed an early love for music, starting to sing at church by age 8.
Latifah gained fame in the late 1980s, beatboxing for Ladies Fresh and later releasing her own music, blending feminism into her rap during a male-dominated era.
Transitioning to acting, she appeared in popular TV shows and films, earning significant accolades.
She also ventured into business, founding the Flavor Unit Entertainment and launching a clothing and fragrance line.
Between 2013-2015, she hosted “The Queen Latifah Show.” Over her career, she’s won numerous awards, including a Grammy.
Known for her privacy, she’s also been a vocal supporter for various causes, including LGBTQ+ rights. Queen Latifah remains a pioneering and influential figure in entertainment.
Here is a collection of the best quotes by Queen Latifah.
Best Queen Latifah Quotes
I don’t care how much money you have, free stuff is always a good thing. ~ Queen Latifah.
Instinct leads me to another flow. ~ Queen Latifah.
Always follow your own path. ~ Queen Latifah.
If you can draw something from my life that helps, more power to you. ~ Queen Latifah.
I feel strongly that women who look like me should feel great. So I am not changing. ~ Queen Latifah.
I would say I’m voluptuous. Statuesque. Definitely curvaceous. ~ Queen Latifah.
Pursue your passions by diving in headfirst. ~ Queen Latifah.
Yeah, I’m from Jersey; it’s almost like I was automatically born a Nets fan. ~ Queen Latifah.
I don’t want to be a supermodel; I want to be a role model. ~ Queen Latifah.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m way more of a joker than I am a serious person. ~ Queen Latifah.
Most people don’t have so much talent that they can become a success all their own. We all need people to help us and lift us up. ~ Queen Latifah.
I was taught from a young age that many people would treat me as a second-class citizen because I was African-American and because I was female. ~ Queen Latifah.
There are times you can’t really see or even feel how sweet life can be. Hopefully its mountains will be higher than its valleys are deep. I know things that are broken can be fixed. Take the punch if you have to, hit the canvas and then get up again. Life is worth it. ~ Queen Latifah.
I don’t feel like I need to share my personal life, and I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not. Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway. ~ Queen Latifah.
I often find it’s just the confidence that makes you sexy, not what your body looks like. It’s how you feel about yourself that makes you sexy. ~ Queen Latifah.
A confident woman is a sexy woman, in my opinion. And I think guys find that to be the same way. ~ Queen Latifah.
If there are kids who want to follow in my footsteps, I’d say that my shoes are too big for them to fill! But their shoe size is just perfect. ~ Queen Latifah.
Top Queen Latifah Quotes
I don’t have any regrets. If I could have talked to my 19 or 20-year-old self, I would have said, ‘You’re going to be fine. It ain’t that serious!’ ~ Queen Latifah.
I’m the daughter of a sister whose the mother of a brother who’s the brother of another. ~ Queen Latifah.
Bowling, I like bowling. I’ve been getting into this bowling thing. It’s kinda fun. ~ Queen Latifah.
Business is fun. Controlling your own destiny is fun. Creating an idea and turning it into a movie; finding an artist and guiding their career and bringing them to some type of status – there’s joy in that. ~ Queen Latifah.
I have a drum set in my dressing room. I play drums to relax and have some fun. ~ Queen Latifah.
Look at people for an example, but then make sure to do things your way. Surround yourself with positive people. ~ Queen Latifah.
I want every day to be life for the living, not just traipsing through it existing. I’m just interested in life and the world and exploring. ~ Queen Latifah.
Inspirational Queen Latifah Quotes
Life’s not about sitting at home in front of the TV waiting for your life to begin. Get out there and take some chances. ~ Queen Latifah.
I’m not living large; I just want to live comfortably. I wanna have financial stability that is unshakable. ~ Queen Latifah.
Every woman is a queen, and we all have different things to offer. ~ Queen Latifah.
Life is so much bigger, grander, higher, and wider than we allow ourselves to think. ~ Queen Latifah.
When I’m wearing too-high heels and swaying my hips, I do that Sharon Stone kind of thing – she has the sexiest walk, a New York cool thing that throws you back. ~ Queen Latifah.
I love music. I’ve just been putting studios together, here and at my house in New Jersey and so I can always make music and express my ideas and work with people to fine tune them to where they need to be. ~ Queen Latifah.
It’s not always easy to do the right thing. But, doing the right thing makes you strong, it builds character. ~ Queen Latifah.
Popular Queen Latifah Quotes
No one ever got ahead by going through the motions. You have to constantly be improving yourself. Make your life the masterpiece you want it to be. ~ Queen Latifah.
I didn’t know I had it in me. There’s more to all of us than we realize. Life is so much bigger, grander, higher, and wider than we allow ourselves to think. We’re capable of so much more than we allow ourselves to believe. ~ Queen Latifah.
Even if you don’t have anything, even if you’ve got a quarter in your pocket, to share with someone else who has nothing really helps. ~ Queen Latifah.
I’m not allowed to get a big head, I’ve still got to do the simple things in life. ~ Queen Latifah.
There are a lot of people who helped make Queen Latifah who she is today. I don’t forget, but a lot of people do and get big heads. My mom will make me walk the dogs or take out the trash when I go home. I’m not allowed to get a big head; I’ve still got to do the simple things in life. ~ Queen Latifah.
I often go to bed in my birthday suit. But I like teddies and cute little undies that match. I like a sexy bra and panty set, or little shorts. ~ Queen Latifah.
Let your inner queen’s voice come through loud and clear. Be strong, be authentic, be you, and you’ll do her proud. ~ Queen Latifah.
You can huff and puff. But blow me down? I doubt it kid, or you get your ass whupped. ~ Queen Latifah.
I came from a crew, and to me, all the guys I rapped with were better than me, so I was surprised when I was the breakout one. It was definitely a cool thing. ~ Queen Latifah.
Inspiring Queen Latifah Quotes
My house borders horse farms, and I can look out my window and see the horses and the new colts. It’s really peaceful. ~ Queen Latifah.
Don’t you want to know what’s real and what’s not? I remember when I was a kid, you know, this whole Cold War thing. They had us scared of the Russians. So, it’s almost like, what’s real and what’s not? ~ Queen Latifah.
Once you realize there is a Higher Power, you know you’re not alone, that you have a purpose on the planet. You control your destiny instead of letting the day lead you where it may. You seize it, take it and lead it. ~ Queen Latifah.
Be bold, be brave enough to be your true self. ~ Queen Latifah.
I am a strong woman with or without this other person, with or without this job, and with or without these tight pants. ~ Queen Latifah.
I love Ralph Lauren, just as a designer. I still think he could make some better sizes with his clothes, but I like the idea of his classic American style. ~ Queen Latifah.
I like Pirate’s Booty. Prunes and olives, too. I love hummus. I can eat that until I die. I tend to eat mostly organic food. ~ Queen Latifah.
Hip-hop definitely taught me a lot. Having to create your own identity and become known and respected in a male-dominated field – it requires some guts. There are times you have to be strong, and times when you have to stand alone for what you believe in. ~ Queen Latifah.
I’m as involved as I can be. Whenever I’m asked to do something, I always tend to show up. ~ Queen Latifah.
You just have to connect with people who believe in your vision and who will work with you and advance your cause. ~ Queen Latifah.
Sometimes I pray when I really feel like I need God to help me with something, and sometimes we just have conversations. We just kick it. ~ Queen Latifah.
Sometimes you do have to bank on yourself. You do have to believe in your ideas enough to really get out there and fight for it despite what people think of some young kids from the hood. ~ Queen Latifah.
When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things. ~ Queen Latifah.
Those curveballs are always coming-eventually, you learn to hit some of them. ~ Queen Latifah.
New Jersey is a great place to live. And we have given some of the best talent to the world, from Jack Nicholson, John Travolta, to Jerry Lewis to Bon Jovi to Frank Sinatra. ~ Queen Latifah.
Famous Queen Latifah Quotes
I was not born a size 2. I’m not skinny, period. I’m not willing to sleep with the director or step on somebody else’s neck to get the job. ~ Queen Latifah.
I do feel like I have a direct connection with God for some reason; always have since I was a little kid – I would talk to God, talk to the sky. ~ Queen Latifah.
I never wanted to give up my power. I wanted to be able to make my own decisions, so that’s why I became involved in management, bottom line. ~ Queen Latifah.
Beauty is not just a white girl. It’s so many different flavors and shades. ~ Queen Latifah.
I love riding, even if it’s just my Vespa. You just zip and do your thing. I find there’s a different awareness when I ride; it connects me to my senses and to God. ~ Queen Latifah.
My mom will make me walk the dogs or take out the trash when I go home. ~ Queen Latifah.
I love a challenge. Trying things that scare the hell out of me and pushing past that fear, doing it anyway – that gives me a thrill. ~ Queen Latifah.
As a rapper, you sort of act in music videos and in the persona you adopt onstage. You kinda have to put yourself out there and be courageous even to be a rapper. So, to step into acting was not that difficult a transition to make. ~ Queen Latifah.
For myself music definitely informs my emotions. And I can literally play a song that will get me where I need to be emotionally. I don’t have to think about the tragic things that happened in my life or the greatest things that happened in my life. ~ Queen Latifah.
Motivational Queen Latifah Quotes
The females don’t respect themselves; they only think materialistically. They want money, but they don’t think, I’m gonna get this money on my own, they think, I’m gonna get money from this guy. ~ Queen Latifah.
To me, hip hop will never be right until female rappers have a stronger voice in it. ~ Queen Latifah.
Dolly Parton made me chicken and dumplings. That Tennessee woman can burn some pots! And we know that I am not necessarily shy to a fork! ~ Queen Latifah.
I designed my whole image. That was all me. I just bought some regular clothes, threw a medallion around my neck, and that was it. The next thing I know, that’s the look. ~ Queen Latifah.
I decided early on that I was going to put on my crown and rule my world by acting right and treating myself like a queen. ~ Queen Latifah.
I enjoy going to work and having a good time. It’s tough when you got to work with people who just are in a bad mood all the damn time. ~ Queen Latifah.
You do silly things for love sometimes and not-so-smart things for love. ~ Queen Latifah.
I’ve loved car racing all my life. I watch NASCAR regularly, and drag racing because we have Raceway Park in New Jersey. I think I got it from my father. ~ Queen Latifah.
If I ran into a 19-year-old version of myself, I’d just tell her to live, full out. I might also tell her to go ahead and have a few babies and not worry about the timing of it. ~ Queen Latifah.
There is no profession more essential than that of an educator. ~ Queen Latifah.
Ultimate Queen Latifah Quotes
You have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone. ~ Queen Latifah.
If you try to follow everyone else’s mold, you’ll probably fail at some point because God created us uniquely for a reason. ~ Queen Latifah.
I never really took any acting classes. I’m just a natural ham, I guess. ~ Queen Latifah.
Dreams become reality when we put our minds to it. ~ Queen Latifah.
It was a very vulnerable time going from being insecure about my body and who I am to becoming comfortable with me. I had to tune out what the hell everybody else had to say about who I was. When I was able to do that, I felt free. ~ Queen Latifah.
You can’t let fear paralyze you. The worse that can happen is you fail, but guess what: You get up and try again. Feel that pain, get over it, get up, dust yourself off and keep it moving. ~ Queen Latifah.
I lost relatives to AIDS, a couple of my closest cousins. I lost friends to AIDS, high-school friends who never even made it to their 21st birthdays in the ’80s. When it’s that close to you, you can’t really deny it, and you can’t run from it. ~ Queen Latifah.
How many crossroads are you allowed to have in life? I seem to have a lot of crossroads. I think maybe I crossed back across the same road too often. ~ Queen Latifah.
I totally want, like, 18 babies. ~ Queen Latifah.
I believe that the kids, young people should have an opportunity to have Oscar nominated actors in their movies too. ~ Queen Latifah.
I feel like every woman is a queen, and we should be treated as such, and we should, you know, sort of request that sort of treatment from others. ~ Queen Latifah.
I try to only commit myself to things that I think I can accomplish and commit myself to 100 percent. I try not to bite off more than I can chew. ~ Queen Latifah.
Award shows, like the Grammys, were tough on us early in hip-hop, not even televising our categories or splitting them up on best male or female or any of that. We had to earn them. ~ Queen Latifah.
So these were the 87 top Queen Latifah quotes on success, inspiration and life.